The widespread use of smartphones could play a key role in the connectivity of the functional network of smart cities, serving as the instrument for a truly “hyperconnected” network capable of sustaining thousands of people in the same geographic location.
Mobile phones are the key to building a society of information, coordinating with new services to benefit a smart city. The concept of the smart city might not be deeply rooted in the minds of Latin American citizens yet, but there have been some important advances nonetheless.
For example, in Chile, the first alliances between private companies and government are starting to emerge. They will use Big Data to analyze the flow of movement in the public transportation network, sending information to users’ smartphones to help them make wise transportation-related decisions based on current traffic patterns.
Studies carried out by American consultancy firm IHS Technology have projected that the number of smart cities globally will quadruple by the year 2025.
It is important to note that many of the initiatives in these cities or urban spaces are focused on integrating mobile phones as technological tools for everyday use. Some of these applications include carrying out mobile payments, finding a parking space or taxi, and paying for basic services. Everything will be coordinated through a smartphone, making it a true master key to access an interconnected city.
The proper relationship between technology, people and environment leads to functional and efficient cities. Smartphones will provide people with the tools needed to communicate with devices integrated into the intelligent space while facilitating the delivery of vital information to administrators in order to maintain the equilibrium of all processes.